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Nicole Kidman, Amazon sign TV, movie production deal

Amazon Studios says it's signed a deal with Nicole Kidman and her production company for TV and movie projects.

Under the "first-look" deal, Amazon and Kidman's Blossom Films will develop original series for Amazon Prime Video and big-screen films.

In a statement Thursday, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke called Kidman "a force of nature" as an actress and a producer.

Blossom Films, founded by Kidman and Per Saari, produced the Emmy-winning series "Big Little Lies" for HBO.

Amazon is striking deals with other prominent Hollywood figures, including "Get Out" filmmaker Jordan Peele.

Another major streaming service, Netflix, has landed top producers Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story") and Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal").

REDRUM: Ewan McGregor cast as Danny, Jack Nicolson’s son in ‘The Shining’ sequel

It seems like it is time to revisit the Overlook and the mind of Stephen King. 

Ewan McGregor has signed on to play Danny, the son of Jack Nicholson’s character Johnny from “The Shining,” in the sequel of the movie, USA Today reported

“Doctor Sleep” will be based on the 2013 novel which follows Danny, now known as Dan Torrance, as an adult who is still haunted by what happened in the original story, USA Today reported.

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In the original film, Danny and his mother Wendy, played by Shelley Duvall, escaped the snowed-in Overlook hotel after his father loses his mind, chasing his family with an ax before finally perishing in the snow.

Variety says the plot of “Doctor Sleep” revolves around Dan who has anger issues and drinks to dull the pain. It also lowers his “shining” powers. But when he becomes sober, his powers return and he uses them to help a group of people being targeted because they have psychic abilities. 

McGregor’s casting of Torrance was with King’s OK, USA Today reported.

Mike Flanagan has been tapped to write and direct the film, Variety reported. Flanagan has already had a hand in telling a King-penned story, leading Netflix’s adaptation of “Gerald’s Game.”

Filming on “Doctor Sleep” is going to start filming in the fall, with a January 2020 release.

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Jurassic World cast reacts to real-world volcanic disasters

The lava pours from the ceilings. It explodes from the mountaintop. It creeps, then pours and roars down the mountainside as people frantically try to escape — with dinosaurs chasing after them.

It's the opening act of a major summer blockbuster, but the eruption part is reality for people who live under Hawaii's Kilauea and Guatemala's Fuego volcanoes.

The cast and crew of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" say it's unfortunate that their summer film revolves around a massively destructive erupting volcano. It's also — obviously — not their fault.

The film shot in Hawaii and the United Kingdom in 2017 premiered in Madrid in May, three weeks after Kilauea started sending lava into neighborhoods. It is set to be released June 22 in the United States.

The first "Jurassic World" ranks among history's biggest box-office hits with $1.7 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

The stars held a media day last week to promote the dinosaur sequel on Oahu, less than 200 miles (161 kilometers) from Hawaii's Big Island where lava from Kilauea has destroyed more than 600 homes since early May. In Guatemala, at least 110 people were killed when a volcano erupted June 3, sending waves of super-heated debris onto villages on its flanks.

The film's writer and producer, Colin Trevorrow, said the timing of the film's release was not something they could have planned for.

"Obviously not something that was anticipated in any way," Trevorrow said at Oahu's Kualoa Ranch, where some of the movie was filmed. "And if anything, I think it just is a reminder of the unrelenting power of planet earth and how just dwarfed we are by that."

Characters in the film go to a tropical island where their man-made dinosaurs face extinction from an erupting volcano.

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays Clare, the head of the park in the previous film who now sets out to save the animals she once oversaw, said she is uncertain how volcano-affected people might receive the fictional depiction of spewing molten rock that dominates the first part of the film.

"I really don't know," she said. "I mean, it's intense what's happening. And a natural disaster is one of those things that kind of, those moments I think bring everyone together because that's not a political act, you know, it's something where we are all vulnerable to the power of this planet."

Though the scenes of molten rock exploding from the volcano in the movie smack of Hollywood dramatization, Trevorrow said the "Jurassic" team worked diligently to create realistic imagery.

"We had volcanologists as consultants and we watched a lot of film and a lot of video of various kinds of volcanoes and how they erupted. And we made sure that we timed it out very carefully and presented it in a way that had clear visceral, visual imagery — those cracks in the earth that formed, that we've all been seeing, you know, on CNN, the speed of lava flow," Trevorrow said.

Some of the computer-generated characteristics of lava in the film mirror what is actually happening in Hawaii and Guatemala, Trevorrow added.

"It was interesting for me to watch, you know, with the speed of the Kilauea lava flow that started off so slowly and grew faster and faster to the point where it was as fast as our lava," he said.

Actor Justice Smith, a newcomer to the "Jurassic" franchise, said the film's release timing is an "unfortunate coincidence" and that his "heart goes out to the people that are suffering over there."

Daniella Pineda, another emerging actress that plays a central role in the new movie, expects people who have had to endure the deadly and destructive volcanoes in Guatemala and Hawaii will be affected by the fictional depictions of roaring lava.

"I think it will definitely evoke emotion," Pineda said. "I know I felt that way because of all the recent volcanoes and the timing of that in our fictionalized world. Yes, it was just a pure coincidence. It's just very unfortunate."

Director J. A. Bayona was hesitant to draw parallels between fantasy and real-world disasters.

"In this case, I think it's a movie to have fun," Bayona said. "Of course, it's terrible what's going on right now Guatemala or in Hawaii, but I don't see the connection in there."

Bayona also oversaw the making of "The Impossible," which was based on the true story of a tsunami in Thailand. Of that film, he said, "you feel the responsibility of telling a true story."

Longtime "Jurassic" actor Jeff Goldblum echoed the sentiments of the rest of the cast.

"It's coincidental because of course they didn't know," Goldblum said. "I'm just concerned about, you know, the effects of it and the impact ... and hope everybody's OK and makes it out OK."


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Chrissy Teigen, John Legend donate to ACLU for Trump’s birthday

Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend are celebrating President Donald Trump’s 72nd birthday by supporting the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Teigen shared a message on her Twitter page on Thursday, stating that every member of her family donated $72,000 to the ACLU.

>>Read: Donald Trump turns 72: Messages of well-wishes and a look at past birthdays

In the note signed “With love, Chrissy, John, Luna and Miles,” Teigen wrote:

“John and I are outraged to see and hear the horror stories of immigrant families seeking asylum and refuge in America being ripped apart due to the inhumane policies of the Trump administration. These actions are cruel, anti-family and go against everything we believe this country should represent. The ACLU is committed to defending the rights and humanity of these vulnerable families.”

Teigen noted that the ACLU also supports reproductive rights, criminal justice reform and First Amendment rights.

NY high court nixes Trump's bid to delay defamation suit

New York's highest court on Thursday turned down President Donald Trump's latest bid to delay a defamation suit filed by a former "Apprentice" contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing.

The ruling by the state Court of Appeals didn't address either side's central arguments. But it means evidence-gathering in Summer Zervos' lawsuit can proceed, at least for now.

Zervos' lawyer, Mariann Wang, said she looks forward to continuing with the case "and exposing the truth."

Trump, who denies Zervos' allegations, is trying to get the case dismissed or postponed until after his presidency. A mid-level appellate court is due to consider that request in the fall.

Trump's lawyers at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP noted that Thursday's ruling didn't speak to their argument for tossing out the case: That a sitting president can't be sued in a state court.

Instead, the Court of Appeals said the case was simply in too early a stage for its consideration.

Zervos, a California restaurateur, appeared in 2006 on the Republican president's former reality show, "The Apprentice."

She says he made unwanted advances when she sought career advice in 2007, then defamed her by calling her a liar after she came forward late in his 2016 presidential race. She is seeking a retraction, an apology and compensatory and punitive damages.

Trump's attorneys have said that his statements were true, and also that his remarks were "non-defamatory opinions" that came amid the heated public debate of a national political campaign.

At a court hearing last week, a judge set deadlines that could make Trump and Zervos answer questions under oath by early next year.

In the meantime, Zervos' lawyers have issued subpoenas seeking a range of information about Trump's behavior toward women, including any Trump campaign documents concerning any woman who accused him of inappropriate touching and any unaired "Apprentice" footage that might feature Trump discussing female contestants in a sexual or inappropriate way.

Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz argued last week that the campaign shouldn't have to turn over any material about other women. A judge hasn't yet decided.

Jermaine Dupri looks back at legacy on eve of latest honor

When Jermaine Dupri gets inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he will be only the second hip-hop creator honored after Jay-Z. It's not something he takes lightly.

"No matter what you want to say about my records that I created, no matter what you want to say about the artists that I've put out, I'm going into the Hall of Fame, and you can't do nothing about it," Dupri said.

Besides his induction on Thursday, Dupri has collected some other accolades this year, including The Music Innovation Award at the 26th Bounce Trumpet Awards, the Breaking Barriers Award at the 2018 Global Spin Awards and the Trailblazer Award at the 2018 Legendary Awards.

Throughout his career, the Grammy-winner has worked with a wide range of artists in different genres. He was one of the songwriters on Mariah Carey's hit, "We Belong Together," which earned a Grammy for best R&B song. As for his proudest moment, he mentions the "Confessions" album with Usher, or more notably the song "Confessions Part II."

"I think that I can catch that magic with all the artists I work with long as I go into the project with the right mindset. And the right mindset is me understanding what my role is, and them understanding what their role is," he said.

Earlier this week, he released a curated playlist commemorating the 25th anniversary of his So So Def Recordings label that features Jay-Z, Xscape, Aaliyah, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Jagged Edge, Ghost Town DJ, Da Brat and more. It's currently available on Apple Music and Spotify. The digital album will be available on June 29.

Legacy was on his mind on the eve of his induction and he was asked about his thoughts on R. Kelly. Last month Spotify said it would remove from its playlists music from R. Kelly, who has been accused of sexual abuse. The music service has since backpedaled but Dupri doesn't agree with the way it was initially handled.

"At this point I believe it's all hearsay, right? It's somebody's word against somebody else's. So, I can't say if this industry is correcting itself. I don't know," he said.

He worries that punishing artists by removing their music from these streaming services can hurt the industry, especially when it's only based on allegations. He wants people to "consider the bigger picture," but that doesn't mean he condones their behavior. "There should be some kind of consequences to doing wrong," Dupri said.


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Drake reunites with 'Degrassi' cast for 'I'm Upset' music video

Drake staged a Degrassi Community School reunion in a new music video for his single, “I’m Upset.”

Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, played Jimmy Brooks in the Canadian drama, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”

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The show premiered in 2001 and ran through Aug. 2, 2015. Drake’s role as Brooks, a basketball star who, after being shot by a classmate, became physically disabled from the waist down, ended in 2009.

The 31-year-old artist’s new music video, directed by Karena Evans, features many of his former cast mates in the halls of the high school.

Catch stars Nina Dobrev, Jake Epstein, Shane Kippel, Stacey Farber, Stefan Brogren and more in the new video on YouTube.

Movie adaptation of true-crime podcast 'S-Town' planned

The popular true-crime podcast "S-Town" is being developed as a movie.

The film production company Participant Media has acquired the feature-film rights to the seven-episode podcast. "Spotlight" director Tom McCarthy is in negotiations to direct.

Made by the creators of the podcast "Serial," ''S-Town" is about an Alabama antique clock restorer from Woodstock, Alabama, named John B. McLemore. In 2012, he sent an email to the makers of "This American Life" asking for help in a murder investigation.

Longtime "This American Life" producer Brian Reed traveled to McLemore's hometown. But Reed uncovered not so much a whodunit procedural as a more mysterious small-town tale.

Deadline first reported the deal.

Tiffany Haddish reveals who bit Beyoncé, says she hit on Leonardo DiCaprio in new interview

Tiffany Haddish has all but confirmed who bit Beyonce at a party earlier this year in her cover interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

When the THR reporter whispers the rumored suspect -- actress Sanaa Lathan, Haddish says, “I'm super good friends with her stepmom and her dad (producer-director Stan Lathan), and they were mad at me," she said. "They were like, 'Why would you do this to the family? You know, black actresses, you guys have to stick together, it's so hard for you guys to get work as it is, why would you try to ruin her career?' But I didn't try to ruin her career. I never said her name! I was just trying to say how Beyonce kept me from goin' to jail that night. I coulda just shut my whole career down.”

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Haddish also shares a story from another party. This time, it’s about hitting on Leonardo DiCaprio, whose children she’s joked about wanting to have.

"Yeah, I met him at a party two, three months ago, and I asked him if he'd let me hit that," she said. "He's like, 'Tiffany, you're so funny.' I'm like, 'I'm serious.' And then he goes, 'I mean, I'd do it, but …' I was like, 'Come on, wasn't you in a squad? The coochie squad or something?’ I told him, 'My only stipulation: I wanna do it with you as your character in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.' He starts bustin' up laughin'. 'Why?' he asks, and I say, 'Cause I feel like that performance deserves a real reward and that reward is this (gestures at her own body).' He starts goin' into how he got into the role, how he worked with these kids and all this stuff, and I'm just listenin' and listenin', like, 'Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm.' I finally go, 'All that's good, I just need to know, When's this gonna happen?'"

Related: Tiffany Haddish says Beyoncé was bitten in the face by an actress at a party

Aside from propositioning DiCaprio, Haddish also sounds off on Roseanne Barr, whose rebooted sitcom was canceled by ABC after she compared former adviser to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett to an ape. Jarrett is a black woman.

"I don't know if you know El Segundo (California), but if you're black and you're driving through El Segundo, you're going to get pulled over. I used to visit my friend Anna there, and it got to a point where I was calling the police officers by name. 

"One day, we were walking around the neighborhood, and Anna says, 'Oh, Roseanne lives there.' Now, I loved Roseanne, and the next day we walked by, and she was in her yard. I say, 'Hi, Roseanne.' She looks at me (makes a disgusted face), and ran in the house. I thought, 'Maybe she don't want to be bothered today.' A week later, we walk by again, and I told Anna — she's Hispanic, but she looks white — she should say hi this time. So she says, 'Hi, Roseanne,' and Roseanne goes, 'Hey!' I thought, 'Maybe she got to know us.' Then I go back, like, a week later, I wave again and say, 'Hi, Roseanne! I love your comedy,' and she (makes the same disgusted face) and turns her head. I think, '(Expletive) that (expletive).' That was 2000, maybe 2001, so it's not new. She been racist, why'd you all give her a TV show?”

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